Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pirogi Casserole

Love pirogies, but want to make them in a different format? Need to take them potlucking or deliver them to someone who's had a new baby? Then this recipe is for you.

12 lasagna noodles, cooked
8 medium potatoes, peeled, halved and cooked in boiling water until tender
4 large onions, sliced thinly
1/3 cup butter or margarine
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 ½ cup shredded cheddar or provolone cheese

1 ) Saute onions in 3 tablespoons of the butter until tender, then turn heat to very low and allow to caramelize a bit while you finish the rest.

2 ) Drain potatoes. Microwave milk, 3 tablespoons butter and salt for 45 seconds, then add to potatoes. Beat well with mixer or masher until well-smashed. Stir in pepper and ½ cup cheese.

3 ) Grease 3 qt baking dish. Stir about ¼ of the mashed potatoes into the onions, then spread it onto the bottom of the pan. Top with three lasagna noodles, then 1/3 of the potato mash. Repeat the noodle/potato layer until it's gone.

4 ) Bake at 350, covered for 35 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Heat for 5 more minutes. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Serve with something green, and maybe something with tomatoes. Yum!